Monthly Archives: December 2015

The vote to remove NOLA’s confederate statues (Dec. 2015. Louisiana Weekly).

In a six-to-one vote on Dec. 17, New Orleans City Council decided to relocate four Confederate, reconstruction-era monuments. The four “nuisance” monuments—commemorating Robert E. Lee (Lee Circle), Jefferson Davis (Jeff Davis Parkway), P.G.T. Beauregard (outside City Park), and The Battle … Continue reading

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You can sell books in NOLA without a permit or permission (Dec. 2015. NolaDefender).

In the city of New Orleans, books are the one item a person can give away or even sell on public property without obtaining permission, or purchasing any sort of permit. In 2001, then newly transplanted New York bookseller, Joshua Wexler, … Continue reading

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America’s first slavery museum (Nov. 2015. VICE).

When you arrive at Whitney Plantation in Wallace, Louisiana, you’re given an enslaved person’s image and story to wear for the day. Mine was Ann Hawthorne, who was 85 years old when the Library of Congress’s Federal Writer’s Project recorded … Continue reading

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Hanging with singer Irma Thomas (Nov 2015. NewOrleans.me).

Rhythm and Blues singer Irma Thomas is so authentic that only she could play herself in the theatre adaptation of her life, Simply Irma. Well, for most of the time. “Actually, of the 24 song of hers in the play, … Continue reading

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The precarious upkeep of New Orleans’s famous cemeteries (Sept 2015. National Geographic).

The neglected, broken roads around Valence Cemetery in New Orleans will shake your car to death. The tombs are in similar disrepair. As he guides me through the latest vandalism inflicted upon Valence, Adam Stevenson, President of the Save Our … Continue reading

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Cover story on DJ/musician Quickie Mart (Oct 2015. OffBeat).

Martin Arceneaux’s trademark long, wavy brown hair blows in the perfect breeze off Lake Pontchartrain as we sit at a table on a jetty sticking out into the water—tonight’s backstage area. He has just performed a 20-minute set spinning funk … Continue reading

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2 Xmas stories: Krampus Gras + history of Santa’s Quarters shop in the French Quarter (Dec 2015. NewOrleans.me)

Krampus Gras: http://www.neworleans.me/journal/detail/1101/Krampus-Gras-is-Coming-to-Town Santa’s Quarters: http://www.neworleans.me/journal/detail/1117/The-Store-Where-Its-Always-The-Most-Wonderful-Time-of-the-Year Or check out this video tour of the amazing Santa’s Quarters shop: 

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